Congratulations Olivia! Keep up all your super awesome work! 

Christopher Diedrick has been playing the saxophone and piano for over 30 years. He went from all-state saxophonist in high school to lead alto in the jazz and concert bands at Western Connecticut State University. While at university he absorbed everything he could about music from performing both classical and jazz to composing to conducting. After receiving a performance degree, he went back to get his B.S. in Music Education. Christopher lived in South Korea for twelve years where in addition to teaching English, he continued his musical pursuits teaching privately and playing concerts throughout the city of Suncheon where he lived.In addition to music, Christopher enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and long-distance running. He is excited to be back in the U.S. and working at Cappella Music Academy!

It is always fun to read interesting facts about instruments! Here are some fun facts about one of Cappella’s most popular instruments! 

1. The drums are one of the world’s oldest instruments in the world! The earliest record of them is from 2300 BC–1900 BC!

2. Viola Smith is one of the world’s most famous
female drummers. She is 101 years old and claims that
 playing the drums contributed to her longevity!

3. The longest drum roll by an individual is 8 hours 1 min 17 seconds and was achieved by Christopher Anthonyin in 2012!

4. The world’s largest drum kit has 813 pieces to it and took 36 years to build. It takes 15 hours and 4 people to put it together! 

Students are always asking the teachers here at Cappella what tips and tricks they have for getting the most out of their at home practicing. Here are some tips we recommend trying! 

1. Find somewhere quiet to practice! This will help you eliminate distractions that will keep you from getting the most out of your practice! 

2. Use Technology to your advantage!  3 low cost or free apps that we recommend getting are a Tuner, a timer and a metronome! 

3. Having specific goals in mind when you practice! Having something you are working towards makes practicing easier! 

4. Have a specific time each day that you set aside from practicing! It becomes easier once practicing is part of your daily routine! 

5. Practicing a little every day can be more beneficial that practicing one or two long practice sessions!